Atlanta Street Car

Streetcar Begins Daytime Testing

As they’re tested and certified for the opening of the system and regular operations, the Atlanta Streetcars will be in motion on Georgia State’s campus. Safety testing during live traffic conditions is important to the certification process. The Streetcars will be operating along the 2.7 mile loop, on Auburn Avenue, through Woodruff Park, on Peachtree Street, Ellis Street, Carnegie Way, Andrew Young International Boulevard, Luckie Street, Park Place, Edgewood Avenue and Jackson Street.

As the streetcar become part of our cityscape, please remember these tips to stay safe around the Atlanta Streetcar.

Pedestrians

  • The Atlanta Streetcars are big and powered by an overhead electrical system, which means they’re very quiet when operating.
  • Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings when near streetcar tracks and intersections. Always stop, look and listen before crossing the street.
  • A streetcar traveling at 20 miles per hour takes almost 60 feet to stop.
  • Do not run in front of an approaching streetcar.
  • Step over tracks to avoid catching heels or wheels in the track gap.
  • Streetcar stops are on the sides and in the middle of streets. When heading to a stop:
    • Use designated crosswalks
    • Obey walk signals
    • Look both ways
    • Keep children close
  • The Atlanta Streetcars are big – nearly 9 feet wide and 12 feet tall. They may block drivers from seeing you, and may block you from seeing cars. All the more reason to stop, look and listen whenever you’re around the Atlanta Streetcar tracks or stops.

Motorists

  • Streetcar operators must obey the same traffic and speed laws as any other motorist.
  • Streetcars travel at or below the posted speed limits and must obey all traffic signals.
  • It’s okay to drive on the streetcar tracks. In most cases, roadway space and safety require it.
    • Be aware that vehicle tires may feel a bit different on the track, but the tracks are not electrified.
  • Look for streetcars before you make a right at a red light.
    • The streetcars are very quiet and you probably won’t hear them approaching.
    • Make sure you look before starting your turn.
  • Streetcars are not cars. They cannot stop quickly and are on rails, so they can’t maneuver out of the way of vehicles and pedestrians.
  • A streetcar traveling at 20 miles per hour takes almost 60 feet to stop.
  • Do not attempt to pass a streetcar.
    • The Atlanta Streetcars are big and they will block your line of sight. Do not pass a streetcar at a stop, and be alert for those disembarking from the streetcar.
  • Streetcars cannot go around cars parked on the tracks. Park your entire vehicle within the white lines and do not double park.

Bicyclists and other human-powered wheeled vehicles

  • Watch your wheels. Streetcar tracks can be challenging to ride alongside and to cross for anything with wheels, such as bikes, strollers, wheelchairs, scooters, skateboards, in-line skates, etc.
    • Cross tracks as close to a right angle as possible.
    • Don’t lean into turns when crossing tracks.
    • Remember: wet tracks can be slippery. Sometimes it’s safest to walk your bike across the tracks.
  • Cyclists traveling between traffic and parked vehicles should be aware of the Door Zone. When a driver in a parked vehicle suddenly opens their door into your travel space, it may cause you to swerve and put you in the path of other vehicles or the track gap.

It’s Electric. Be Safe.

  • Streetcars are powered by electricity. Use caution when approaching a work zone.
  • The overhead wire or “catenary” is energized at 750v DC. Do not attempt to climb the poles, touch the wires or throw things at them.
  • Entry into streetcar power substations is prohibited for your protection.

The Atlanta Streetcar Begins Daytime Testing Monday, October 27. For the latest information, safety tips, the route map and more, visit theatlantastreetcar.com.